Cucurbita pepo, is gourd fruit belonging to genus cucurbita of family cucurbitaceace. It is an annual plant with creeping stem. It has large heart and hairy spines leaves with bright yellow flowers. The seeds are flat and dark green in color. It is native to North America. The average weight of the fruit is 5 kg.
The oil is dark green in color an d has nutty flavor. The physio- chemical properties are:-
Acid Value (MgNaOH/G:) 2.37
Iodine value: 121.51
Specific gravity: 0.85
Refractive index :1.47
The oil is extracted by the seeds with the help of cold pressing.
The main constituents of the oil are Oleic Acid 21.5%, Stearic Acid 5.9% Palmitic Acid 12.9%, Linoleic Acid58.0%.
Anti-oxidative: Pumpkin seed oil is known for being the rich source of antioxidants and polyunsaturated fatty acids which helps to increase the immune system of the body.
Arthritis: The Pumpkin seed oil helps to treat the arthritis condition such as paw oedema. It also helps to reduce the aortic contractile response to norepinephrine and counter the effect of hypercholesterolemia.
Blood pressure: Pumpkin seed oil lowers the blood pressure by offsetting the effect of felodipine enzyme inhibitor, captopril. Also it is well known fact this oil has an antihypertensive and cardio protective properties, which is utilized in making high blood pressure tablets
Cancer: Due to the presence of phytoestrogen extracts, this oil balances the estradiol production and estrogen receptor expression in various types of cancer conditions. It is used in making the medicine to treat the breast cancer.
Depression: The presence of L-tryptophan in the seed oil is the reason, that it is suggested to remedy the depression
Osteoporotic Fracture: This oil is rich in zinc that is a magic for the patients suffering from osteoporosis.
Parasites: The chemical compound Curcurbitin in pumpkin oil is known for its anti-parasitic effect. Various fungal diseases like acute schistosomiasis and tapeworm infestations can be cures with its help.
Culinary use: Due to its rich nutty aroma and unique color it is used in cooking and baking and also to enhance the flavor salad and pasta.
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